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Food History : Where to start

A guide about researching food history. Adapted from HIST 200C "Thinking Historically About Food"

Subject Specialist Librarians and Archivists

Subject specialist librarians and archivists are eager to assist you with your research, and in most cases can save you a lot of time, especially if you meet with them early in order to plan out your research strategy. Please feel free to contact us directly, via email:

For assistance using the University Archives, contact the University archivists at

Please check the list of Subject Specialists to find out who specializes in other areas related to your project.


This guide was created by Rebecca Stover GA for HPNL Spring 2022

Background information

Use published reference works like encyclopedias and bibliographies to find consistently reliable background information and suggestions for further reading, offered by acknowledged experts.

Find more resources in our Online Reference Collection.

More food history research guides

You may find useful information in these research guides on related topics:

From the University of Illinois:

From other libraries and organizations (note that the links and specific location information will not apply --use these guides to identify resources that we may provide at Illinois, or that you can borrow via Interlibrary Loan):